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Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services
Welcome to Berry Street
|Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877. |
We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
Our greatest challenges today are:
|Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment |
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any complaints.
|Education, Training & Employment|
|Foster & Kinship Care|
Be a hero, help a hero today
We live in awe of our heroic foster parents who step up with compassion and strength to provide the love and care that every child deserves. Heroes like Christine. Christine has been a foster carer for thirty years and has opened her home to 360 children in that time.
Unfortunately for carers like Christine, the reimbursement they receive from the government for their critical work just doesn’t come anywhere near to covering costs.
We need your urgent financial support to help us ensure that traumatised children can be cared for in a loving and secure home. Make a donation today!
HEARTCORE - A collaboration of street art and young minds
Poems and short stories written by students in the Berry Street School have been creatively interpreted by renowned Victorian street and contemporary artist, Kaff-eine, and painted as a series of street art works on walls across Melbourne.
The HEARTCORE book offers audiences an insight into the lives of young people who have experienced violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty, and gives these young people the opportunity to tell their own stories.
For more information on the HEARTCORE book, visit:
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Berry Street Childhood Institute
Berry Street has recently established the Berry Street Childhood Institute with the aim of providing leadership, knowledge and resources to ensure a better childhood for every child.
We are acutely aware of what happens when children are denied a good childhood and the Berry Street Childhood Institute is committed to taking every opportunity to prevent this from happening.
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News & Events
|Child abuse still on the rise as foster care exodus continues|
|"As reports to Child Protection continue to escalate, a huge decline in foster carers in Victoria is adding further pressure on Victoria's already under-resourced Out-of-Home Care System"...read more|
|Moving from scandals to solutions in State care|
|Op Ed - Berry Street CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, discusses the recent widespread media coverage of the sexual abuse of children in State residential care...read more|
|Foster care for traumatised children could be nurtured by tax breaks|
|Berry Street has long called for foster care to be strengthened by professionalisation and tax breaks. |
More and more Victorian foster parents leave the state system each year...read more
|National focus on family violence key to supporting children & families|
|Berry Street’s CEO, Sandie de Wolf AM, responds to today’s announcement of the Federal Government’s Second National Action Plan to tackle family violence...read more|
|Berry Street Cup - Media release|
|The number of children affected by abuse in Victoria would fill over half the MCG. Over 75,000 cases of children affected by abuse have been reported throughout the state of Victoria this year, children’s charity Berry Street highlights today. The figure accounts for over a quarter of reported cases of child abuse across Australia...read more|
|Graffiti Art workshop at Berry Street Residential Care Unit|
|A graffiti street-art workshop was run by local artist, Chuck Mayfield, at one of our Berry Street Residential care units. The workshop was inspired by one of the young people in the Resi unit who is passionate about graffiti art and has a keen eye for quality work...read more|